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Real Madrid ‘really like’ 20-year-old midfielder, Atletico Madrid also interested

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Celta Vigo starlet Gabri Veiga has been one of the breakout stars of the 2022/23 La Liga and is starting to attract the interest of heavyweights such as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, according to Cadena SER.

The 20-year-old Spaniard is a product of the Celta Vigo youth academy and is enjoying a fine breakthrough campaign, transitioning to first-team football with sumptuous ease.

Having made his debut last season, Veiga has well and truly established himself as a permanent fixture in the Galician outfit’s starting XI this term, having chalked up a tally of eight goals and three assists from 24 La Liga matches this term.

Real Madrid have taken note of the youngster’s exploits this season and are seeing the midfielder as a possible Plan B if they miss out on the capture of primary midfield target Jude Bellingham.

Indeed, Los Blancos are understood to have sent scouts to watch Veiga in action and they could consider a move for the 20-year-old in case they are unable to land the signing of Bellingham, who is also being pursued by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

But, as per the aforementioned report, Atletico Madrid are also interested in signing Veiga in the summer. Los Rojiblancos will likely part ways with Saul Niguez next summer while Koke is not getting any younger either.

So, it will not be a surprise to see Diego Simeone & co. decide to dip their toes into the market for a new midfielder, with Veiga emerging as a possible option.

The 20-year-old’s contract with Celta runs until the summer of 2026 and has a release clause worth €40 million. If he continues to perform the same way as he has been so far, it would not come as a surprise to see him secure a big move come summer.

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Atletico Madrid ‘want to fight’ for the signing of €40m Barcelona midfield target

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Atletico Madrid are interested in Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat and want to fight for his signing in the summer, according to a report from Javi Gomara of Mundo Deportivo. The 26-year-old is also a transfer target for FC Barcelona and several clubs in the Premier League.

Amrabat burst into the limelight after enjoying a stunning run at the FIFA World Cup 2022, during which he helped Morocco reach the semi-finals. The midfielder was heavily linked with an exit in January, with Barcelona, Atletico and several other clubs linked.

However, a move did not materialise and he remained at Fiorentina. However, with his contract expiring next year, the Moroccan international could be on his way out in the summer, even though the Italian outfit are trying to tie him down with a new contract.

And, as per the report, Atletico Madrid are ready to fight for his signing in the summer. The report states that Amrabat is a player that is very well-liked by the Rojiblancos and would be an important cog in Diego Simeone’s side if they sign him.

Amrabat will be playing at the Civitas Metropolitano tonight, with Atletico’s home ground hosting a friendly between Morocco and Peru. And the Colchoneros dream of making the stadium the 26-year-old’s permanent home from next season.

The report adds that the Moroccan international himself would be ‘delighted’ to join the club. After all, he did speak highly of Simeone and Atleti during the World Cup, when he said:

“He has coached Atletico Madrid for many years. I like his style of play. He has won a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. The players in his team are physically strong and aggressive. I like to play that way.”

Atletico Madrid have been linked with Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, but hold no interest in him. Instead, they wish to sign a player of Amrabat’s profile and quality. However, the 26-year-old will not come cheap as Fiorentina will demand a €40 million fee for him.

Beyond that, the interest of Barcelona and other clubs in the Premier League would also be a roadblock for the Spanish capital club.

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